Potluck, or Guess Who Else is Coming to Dinner

Ya know, last year someone very close to me was attacked and abused, while in the company of… actually BY a group of spiritual seekers. Funny, because the people at the potluck were all, I think, well meaning, thoughtful folks who regularly gather to study spiritual stuff and work on self improvement. Part of what they work on, very importantly, is about ‘acceptance’ and there is also interest among them of living ‘lightly’ on the Earth and of ‘Being Kind’. That said, when my dear friend declined an invitation to eat [I don’t know what], someone took offence and simply would not settle for a sincere “No Thanks”. I have been in the same situation countless times, and understand how uncomfortable it can feel for the person who says “No Thanks” when we sense the discomfort and even anger well up in the other person. I (We) feel badly for the other guy too. As the story was told to me, my friend declined repeatedly and respectfully, and tried to not get into ‘why’. Sometimes you can sense which way the discussion/debate is likely to go, and choose to act in a manner most likely to keep the energy peaceful.

But when pressed even more,.. and when a detailed explanation was demanded, my friend finally complied. Then the pushy person and others in attendance really got upset because they “Did not see it that way.” The pushy person (Who asked for, but didn’t like the answer), with some back-up, felt it necessary to defend his position, which he thought could only be done by attacking my friend’s philosophy and futilely trying to blow holes in the opposing view… In the process of course, he displayed the familiar moral schizophrenia that is undeniably expressed by the behavior of ‘animal lovers’, spiritual devotes, environmentalists, health-nuts and civil rights sympathizers who eat animals.

There are those Veg’ns, (usually new to the philosophy, still enamored and surprised by each new realization of the endless benefits to self, mankind, the environment Etc. tied to the veg’n way), who may play the missionary role, working to convert everyone in their sphere, and like any other born-again-s, can be an annoyance to those heathens not yet saved. Generally, I have noted these folks settle into a more socially acceptable manner of living their cleaner life, and speak when spoken to on the subject, eventually coming to realize that ‘example’ is the best teacher.
At any rate the principal in this story is a veteran veg’n who long ago learned how to interact harmoniously and to find interesting and respectable traits in the people around him… Not the type to start trouble.

If as in the words of George Bush 1’s speech writer, which George senior may have rehearsed while munching his favorite snack of pork rinds (Some poor, sick pig’s deep fried skin) we are to have a “Kinder, Gentler World”, we probably should not attack or try so hard to find fault with people who are quietly stepping a little lighter, and finding ways to reduce their ‘Blood Footprint’ specifically, and negative impact generally, during their time here.

I doubt that anyone walking around in a physical body and thinking with a little human mind has all the answers and knows what is right / best on any subject. But most would agree, I think, that when there is a choice between murder or mercy, environmental degradation or preservation, maliciousness or kindness, one choice is distasteful and the other is easier to swallow… One is indefensible, the other clearly and naturally best.

Acts of kindness reverberate endlessly and everywhere as do malevolent ones.

Dietstyle discussions can come with attached emotional charges. Of course they would; torturing and killing are ‘emotion-rich deeds’. Efforts to protect and preserve life and liberty are emotion rich as well.

By contrast; destroying the ‘cleanness’ of the Earth often has an apathetic component, and it may not be strong emotions which drive such poor choices.

Working to foster reverence for, and protecting the ‘cleanness’ of our Mother however, generally does seem to be attached to something emotional.

An attempted defense of the violence-dependent typical western dietstyle, it seems to some, can only come from destructive selfishness and/or regrettable but understandable ignorance. The ignorance may be understandable because it can result directly from the sloppy ways that we are encouraged to live our lives and by the cleverly deceptive advertising strategies relied on by the meaty corporations.

I respectfully submit that ignorance can be no excuse when the welfare and very life of someone is at stake. Some one trillion individuals every year are mercilessly relieved of their miserable lives because some people just don’t know and others just don’t care.

Why not simply take a look and evaluate what our behavior and consumer choices mean to those around us, to the planet which sustains us, and what our choices will mean to our own individual future. It just takes a little attention. Anything less is as smart as stepping into a busy street with your child at your side without looking.

Please look!

Well, if you made it this far and have enough tolerance left to fill in some of the blanks, please avail yourself of some of the info and resources found in the links below. At least consider the first few paragraphs in: Milk, and the many ill conditions it causes as that nasty white stuff with the ‘way-to-good’ reputation is so closely linked, an so integrally a part of the problem. See also the relatively short and concise: MILK MATH

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Just a few relevant quotes from notable people:

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi, statesman and philosopher

“The standard four food groups are based on American agricultural lobbies. Why do we have a milk group? Because we have a National Dairy Council. Why do we have a meat group? Because we have an extremely powerful meat lobby.”
—Marion Nestle

“Whether industrialized societies…can cure themselves of their meat addictions may ultimately be a greater factor in world health than all the doctors, health insurance policies, and drugs put together.”
—The China-Oxford-Cornell Project on Nutrition

We all love animals. Why do we call some “pets” and others “dinner?” ~ K.d. Lang

Pigs may not be as cuddly as kittens or puppies, but they suffer just as much. ~James Cromwell

I have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals, as surely as the savage tribes have left off eating each other. ~Henry David Thoreau, Walden, 1854

Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet. ~Albert Einstein

“For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.” ~ Pythagoras, mathematician

“The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men.”
~ Leonardo da Vinci, artist and scientist

“I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.”
~ Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. President

“As long as there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlefields.”
“What I think about vivisection is that if people admit that they have the right to take or endanger the life of living beings for the benefit of many, there will be no limit to their cruelty.”
~ Leo Tolstoy author

“Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.”
~ Thomas Edison, inventor

Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.
John F. Kennedy

“For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.” ~ Pythagoras, mathematician

Commenting on the UN-cleanliness of poultry, Gerald Kuester, USDA said “Birds are no cleaner than if they had been dipped in a toilet”

“We used to trim the shit off the meat, then we washed the shit off the meat, now the consumer eats the shit off the meat” ~ Carl Blenn, USDA inspector

“The less the consumer knows about what’s happening before the meat hits the plate, the better” ~ Peter Cheeke, Professor of Animal Science

“Based on my experience… my advice to the people is not to eat meat” ~ Gregorio Natavidao, Meat inspector

“I don’t eat chicken anymore, I won’t eat it, I won’t allow it in my house” ~ Rodney Leonardo, U.S. poultry inspector

Farm animals produce 130 times the poop that humans do… And no farm or feedlot is required to have a proper sewage system. ~ Just a fact
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(*2) I have for many long years avoided the issue unless asked about it, but it occurs to me that abuse-by-silence may be abuse just the same.

To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.
– Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), 16th U.S. president

A time comes when silence is betrayal.
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

As we must account for every idle word, so must we account for every idle silence.
– Benjamin Franklin

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MILK MATH

Milk, and the many ill conditions it causes

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The Original, The Meatrix
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The VEGAN Store
The VEGAN Store

Sustainable living and “Realities”
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More Realities… Health, Health Care and the Business of Illness
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